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Palladium by arsheesh Palladium by arsheesh
This was a private commission done for a fan of the Palladium RPG. Though this is the finished map that I will be displaying in my portfolio, I am also currently still working on a slightly edited version of this map that is more true to the original design (i.e. river violations galore!). The first RPG I ever played as a kid was Palladium, and I have many fond memories of this world. So it was an absolute joy to be able to work on this map.
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Steven115 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This map is beautiful.  What program did you use to create it?  I would love to find a program, free if possible, and with some kind of tutorial to help me learn how to use it.  I have barely even dabbled with gimp so far.  It is still way over my head.  I have, so far, only used MS Paint for Windows XP to do anything and that is such a basic program.  I want to create my own maps with geography and texture just like yours.  Any suggestions?  Even a paid program is ok.  Free is just preferable, lol.  Help me?
Oh...  a little background about the maps I want to create.  I am trying to create a world atlas of a planet of my own creation.  I have hand drawn some maps so far but would like to have something I can zoom in on and crop out a smaller region for exploration and to add even more detail to.  I am attempting to create my own Dungeons and Dragons Campaign world.  The Dragon God, Io, is widely seen as the creator of dragonkind.  However, in my campaign, he is an entity beyond godhood, like an immortal or similar to Ao of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, which I am very familiar with.  Io, after creating the multiverse and many gods and worlds, needed rest.  So, he became the planet, Io.  He simply coiled up tightly and congealed into a planet about 1.25 to 1.5 times the size of Earth.  There are 5 large continents, one having mountains reaching 40,000 to 50,000 feet in elevation.  At the top of the world, is a continent sized mountain that reaches 100,000 feet in elevation.  I kind of took Olympus Mons on Mars as my inspiration for that.  This continent is the realm of dragon clans, cities, etc, similar to the Council of Wyrms campaign setting's Io's Blood Isles.
Anyway, that is probably windy enough of me for now.  If you can give me any feedback, suggestions, help, or just a chat, I'd really appreciate it.
- Steven
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Steven, first off, sorry for taking so long to get back to you.  My wife and I have a newborn and have been shopping for a new apartment and life is a bit crazy at the moment.  

OK, that said, I'm glad you like the map :).  I made it using two programs, GIMP and Wilbur.  GIMP you are already somewhat familiar with.  Wilbur is a free to download terrain creation software.  Both programs have a bit of a learning curve, as you are beginning to experience.  However, I've actually created a couple of tutorials that walk through the process of how to create a map similar to this one using these programs over at my blog.  The first step is to generate your land masses.  Of course, you could just draw these by hand if you wanted but if you'd like to know the method I use follow the link below:

arsphantasia.wordpress.com/201…

Next here's a full walk through on how to proceed from there.  Bare in mind that as advertised, this is a tutorial for intermediate and advanced digital artists.  It may not be the easiest tutorial to learn the programs on.  That said I know that many people have told me that they were new to GIMP and Wilbur and that the tutorial was easy enough to follow.  Others however agreed that it was a challenge.  At any rate the link to the tutorial is listed below for you.

arsphantasia.wordpress.com/201…

Cheers,
-Tad
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zyanitevp Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
The Disputed Lands are disputed between the Eastern Territory (Human) and the Northern Wilderness (Wolfen).
Best Palladium Fantasy map ever!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Killer Z!  Now that I think about it, that does ring a bell.  I vaguely recall learning about that at some point.

Cheers,
-Tad
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Beautiful piece of work. I wonder, tho', how the disputed lands are disputed if there are no nearby states to dispute 'em? :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  That's a good question, but I'll leave it to the good people over at Palladium games to answer it.  I didn't invent the names, just updated the map.
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ukrainik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Beautiful map what did you use to make it?
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ukrainik. I used GIMP to create the initial height map, then ran it through Wilbur to (a terrain program) to generate rivers, then back into GIMP for more fine tuning. Also used Inkscape for the labeling. I have a tutorial over at the Cartographers Guild that describes the general steps I go through to create a map like this.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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ukrainik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Would you mind posting a link? I really love the realism of the map
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